Kay Steiger

Kay Steiger is an associate editor at Talking Points Memo. She formerly worked at Raw Story, Washingtonian magazine, the Center for American Progress and The American Prospect. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, the Guardian, Jezebel, AlterNet and others. She graduated from the University of Minnesota. Contact her at

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Today over at Cafe, we have a piece from Georgia State associate professor Daniel Paul Franklin on whether the Mississippi primary mess could give more leverage to African-American voters: "now it is apparent that [Republicans] have a new path to victory – one that runs through the African American community."

This is part of a series we're starting from our friends at the Scholars Strategy Network on the future of the Republican Party. Look for more in the series next week.

The McDaniel campaign keeps kicking! First, campaign staffers returned to the Hinds County Courthouse to search for voting "irregularities"—i.e. Democrats who backed Cochran in the runoff. Loyal readers might remember as the site of the courthouse caper, which resulted in one campaign staffer and two other McDaniel supporters getting locked in the courthouse at 2 a.m. alongside ballots on June 3.

Then, the McDaniel campaign called on the state GOP chair to order elections clerks to open their books so that the staff can comb over them for voting "irregularities." But does the GOP chair have such authority? Nope!

Yesterday CNN and Tumblr co-sponsored a much-touted town hall with Hillary Clinton. The official subject was her new book, but the actual subject was her future presidential run. Undoubtedly one of the more cringeworthy moments to watch was when CNN Chief international Correspondent Christiane Amanpour asked Clinton about race:

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Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) released a statement on Tuesday night after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) lost the nomination in his congressional district to tea party candidate David Brat, saying he thought the upset struck "fear into the heart" of Republicans.

"[W]e will see them run further to the far right with the Tea Party striking fear into the heart of every Republican on the ballot," Israel said, warning that the Cantor's loss was "cementing the dysfunction that has paralyzed this Congress."

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